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Inle Phaung Taw Oo Pagoda festival bustled with domestic and foreign travellers

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A Barge (Karawaik Phaung) which carried Phaung Taw Oo Images at Magyi Seik Village in Inle lake | Photo - Phoenyan

Against a dramatic backdrop of festivities in the Inle Lake region of Shan State, the Inle Phaung Taw Oo pagoda festival, which has been bustled with local and foreign visitors, began on October10.

At 7:00 a.m. today, the images of the Pagoda, which were raised in an ornate pavilion onboard a gilded barge made up in a form of a mythological bird, Karaweik, were respectably conducted, for devote Buddhists to pay homage to, from Nang Pan Village to a cloistered residence of Magyi Seit. There, the golden images would have an overnight stay.

Along the graceful conduct of the festivity, the devote Buddhists were seen offering alms food, flowers and desserts at alters to the Buddha images.

What’s more, the Royal barge was towed by 92 long boats, which represented 92 villages in the Pagoda’s residency township Nyaung Shwe, in procession across the Inle Lake. A boat was manned by up to 90 rowers.

Along the vibrant itinerary bustled with domestic and foreign visitors. The scene in and around the Lake looked rather gloomy under drizzles. According to In ethnics, it was a rare natural scene for visitors.

Across the Inle Lake, one could explore indigenous falkways of In ethnics such as natural plantations, fishing, homes, traditions and handiwork businesses.

  During the 18-day festival that ends on October 27, the Buddha images are being worshipped in 21 neighbourhoods of the Inle region, finally returning to the Phaung Taw Oo edifice in residence at Nang Hu village.

The Inle Phaung Taw Oo festival is not just a traditional Buddhist occasion of In ethnics, but a great religious destination in Shan State for local and foreign visitors to travel and enjoy, as well.

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Theingi Htun is a journalist who worked for two years at Yangon Times Journal and Flower News. She also worked for two years at Democracy Today News as Senior Journalist. She wrote many articles about culture, the travel sector and lifestyle stories too. Now she is working at My Magical Myanmar as a travel writer and social media executive."

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